Follow an organization you care about on social media and share one of their posts. Hearing directly from a nonprofit is one of the best ways to learn where they need help.
Get free money from your employer. Check your workplace benefits to see if your employer offers a matching gift program or incentives for volunteering through a Dollars for Doers program.
Open a donor-advised fund. It’s like a charitable investment account that could help you potentially give more and pay less in taxes. The Giving Account is an easy and inexpensive way to be more strategic about your giving.
Sign up to volunteer. Whether it’s a run/walk for charity, packing produce at a local food bank, or organizing a toy drive at your office, there are plenty of non-monetary ways you can make a difference. Get started by searching your favorite nonprofit’s website for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Set a target budget for your charitable giving and make sure you stick to it by scheduling automatic, recurring donations. It’s easier to be strategic about your giving when it’s already included in your overall financial plan.
Look in your portfolio and consider giving beyond cash. If you have appreciated stock, it can be a prime asset to give since you could potentially minimize the capital gains on appreciation and give the full amount to a nonprofit. Check out this strategy
Connect with a nonprofit representative to learn more about their organization and mission, or review the nonprofit’s website and annual report to learn more about them. Nonprofits know where they could most use your help—and building connections is the best way to get started.
Caroline Vannatta | Fidelity Charitable donor
Smaller, less-established organizations doing local work can be hard for donors to find. Our report, Charting for Impact, shares tips and a discussion guide to help you find organizations that have the potential to significantly impact local neighborhoods and communities.